Alex Hall's "Inspiring Business" Speech
Alex Hall's speech at the James Legal Inspiring Business event
Here at Bambu, we strive to provide and maintain a healthy work environment. We have noticed that while physical fitness is important, mental health is equally, if not more important. This is why we have teamed up with an Andys Man Club Hull ambassador to help our workers when they are going through a rough patch. Andys Man Club is a suicide awareness and prevention club. They meet every Monday at 7PM, to provide a safe and friendly environment to share their problems and experiences
This is why we have teamed up with them, in order to reduce the stigma of men talking about their problems. There are some terrifying statistics that have been published, Some 200,000 men a year report feeling stressed, anxious or depressed because of work, which accounts for 1.2% of men in work. But in a survey by Men’s Health Forum, 34% of men said they felt constantly stressed or under pressure. Men are less likely to ask for help with their mental health issues (particularly at work) because they may feel embarrassed or ashamed, perhaps because they feel that they are not meeting society’s demand for them to look and be strong and reliable. In the survey of 15,000 employees across the UK by the mental health charity Mind, one in three men (32%) blamed their work for causing mental health problems, compared to one in five women (19%).
Mental health issues include a wide range of conditions. Some of the more common ones include:
Supporting men’s mental health in the workplace
Mental health issues can affect any individual indiscriminately, regardless of age or status, and many employers are becoming more understanding of the importance of reducing the dangers of stress, overwork and tight deadlines. Stress and mental health issues are a major cause of sickness absence, which can cause significant problems for organisations so it is important to take steps to support employees and prevent problems from escalating: